After Placement of Dental Implants


A certain amount of bleeding is to be expected following surgery. Change out the gauze as demonstrated in our office every 30 minutes for the first 1-2 hours after surgery. Every person is different so it make take longer. Once the reddish pink amount on the gauze is small, remove gauze and look at the surgical site(s) for 30 seconds. If no pooling of blood is noted, the gauze is no longer necessary. It is best to sit up or semi-recline until bleeding has subsided.


Start rinsing with the prescription antibiotic mouth rinse before bed tonight. Use 2-3 tablespoons and concentrate on gently cleansing the surgical site. For the next 10 days rinse twice a day, after breakfast and before bed. During the day if food particles are noticed in the surgical site, rinse with diluted Listerine or warm salt water to keep surgical site clean. 


If you have been prescribed antibiotics, be sure to finish your prescription in its entirety. Antibiotics can sometimes cause an upset stomach. If this is the case, it is advisable to take acidophilus or pro-biotic tablets along with your antibiotic. Contraceptives may be ineffective while taking an antibiotic. Use extra protection. Discontinue antibiotic use in the event of a rash or other unfavorable reaction.


Some discomfort is normal following surgery. If pain medication is prescribed, take only as directed. DO NOT DRIVE FOR THE FIRST 24 HOURS AFTER IV SEDATION OR WHILE TAKING PAIN PRESCRIPTIONS. Ibuprofen is effective at reducing swelling and discomfort after surgery. If you are able to take Ibuprofen, or name brand Advil, it is a good idea to incorporate it with the narcotic. Have a small meal and a full glass of water with each:

1 pain pill

3 hours later, Ibuprofen dosage

3 hours later, 1 pain pill

3 hours later, Ibuprofen dosage

NOTE: Pain pill can be increased  1 1/2 to 2 pills if needed for pain management.


Soft foods and cool liquids are the best to start. When the numbness is gone, you may chew when it’s comfortable, but avoid chewing in implant site.  AVOID HARD CRUNCHY FOODS FOR THE FIRST WEEK.